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Monday, July 1, 2013
Gal Mekel's agent confirms Mavs deal

By Marc Stein



Sam Porter, agent for Israeli point guard Gal Mekel, has confirmed to ESPN.com that Mekel intends to sign a contract with the Mavericks later this month.

ESPN.com reported earlier Monday that Mekel had given a verbal commitment to the Mavs that he'll be signing a three-year guaranteed deal at the league minimum later this month after the NBA's annual moratorium on signings and trades is lifted July 10.

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Teams cannot formally sign players until the moratorium is lifted but can come to verbal agreements on deals with free agents. Because Mekel's deal is for the rookie minimum salary, Dallas has the ability to commit to him without affecting the salary-cap space it has set aside for its pursuit of Dwight Howard.

Mekel joins first-round pick Shane Larkin in an evolving Mavs backcourt renovation that will ultimately have a new starter as well in light of Darren Collison's expected departure via unrestricted free agency. Mekel and Larkin are not considered contenders to start but potentially give Dallas two guards proficient in pick-and-rolls -- which obviously meshes with Dirk Nowitzki's game -- after last season's issues at point guard until the late-season arrival of veteran Mike James to steady things.

Mekel is expected to arrive in Dallas within the next week or so to start preparations for the Mavericks' summer-league team that will play in Las Vegas.